If you wanted to buy a Chevrolet Impala back in 1962, the standard engine you were offered was a 235 (3.8-liter) six-cylinder developing 135 horsepower. It was the same six-cylinder as for the model year 1961.As far as the V8 lineup was concerned, the GM brand introduced several options on this front.
First and foremost, the base offering was still the 283 (4.7-liter) V8 unit as before. Still, its more powerful versions got ditched and were replaced by an all-new 327 (5.3-liter) rated at either 250 or 300 horsepower.
Chevrolet also dropped the 348 (5.7-liter) units and introduced a 409 (6.7-liter) V8 option with single and dual four-barrel carburetor options, thus developing 380 and 409 horsepower, respectively.
This Impala posted on Craigslist a few hours ago is believed to still come with the original engine under the hood, but very little information is otherwise known. The car was parked some 15 years ago, and the seller says the engine was still running at that point, but its current condition is unknown.
The photos are the living proof this Impala is no longer in mint condition. Also, the seller admits that it has some rust in the typical areas. Most likely, the floors and the trunk would require some patching, but you still need to check it live to figure out just how much damage the rust ended up causing.
Other than that, we’re being told the Impala is still very complete, so in theory, no big parts should be missing. This is great news for anyone planning a full restoration, but given the car is no longer roadworthy, you’re still strongly recommended to go inspect everything in person to more accurately determine its current condition.